It’s now three years since the start of the Syrian conflict. Last Saturday marked the exact date that protests against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government began in 2011.To mark the anniversary, show solidarity with the Syrian people and in a bid for peace, the #WithSyria campaign was formed. More than 100 aid organisations and NGOs around the world have united for the campaign which aims to prevent a fourth year anniversary of the conflict.
Charities such as CAFOD have urged supporters to pray for peace, UNICEF have highlighted the reality of life for Syrian children affected by the conflict and Banksy has reworked his There is Always Hope piece, incorporating the #WithSyria hashtag.
What is #WithSyria about?
- Calling for an end to the violence
- Securing medical assistance to those in need
- Urging world leaders to engage in inclusive peace talks
A Brief Timeline of the Syrian Conflict
March – Protests begin against the Syrian government, sparked by the treatment of imprisoned children and civil rights activists.
Syrians call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been in power for 13 years to step down. In response the government kills hundreds of protesters.
November – The Arab League (the organisation of independent Arab countries in the territory of northern and north-eastern Africa and Southwest Asia) vote to suspend Syria’s membership and impose sanctions.
February – The UN Security Council resolution to end the fighting in Syria is vetoed by Russia and China.
March – The first anniversary of the Syrian conflict, fighting continues and the people of Syria continue to suffer.
July – The conflict’s death toll passes 100,000.
August – The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting over the use of chemical weapons in an attack. More than 1000 people are said to have been killed.
January – Peace talks are held in Geneva involving representatives from President Assad’s government and the Syrian opposition.
The UN makes the decision to stop updating the death toll in Syria as they can no longer guarantee the accuracy of the figures.
March – The Third Anniversary of the Syrian crisis. Over 100 organisations collaborate for the #WithSyria campaign.
For more information on the #WithSyria campaign and to find out how to take part visit http://www.with-syria.org/en.